This week for Get Ready For K Through Play we’re sharing playful literacy ideas. Your child’s name is likely one of the first words he or she will recognize. And it’s certain to be one of their favorite words! Learning the letters in their name is a fun way to work in letter practice – and there are so many ways to play with names! This apple picking game is a fun way to play a name game!
- Sidewalk chalk
Cut the paper into apple shapes, and write one letter on each apple. Draw a tree using sidewalk chalk (or you could draw a tree on paper). Tape the letter apples onto the tree. Depending on where your child is with letter recognition, you can add in extra letters in addition to the letters in their name.
Then your child can pick name apples and gather the letters of their name into a basket. They can then arrange the letters into their name. We also play by picking the letters from a big tree and placing them on smaller trees.
This can be a fun way to practice sight words – you can give your child a word to spell, or you can have them search for their own!
More Literacy Ideas to Get Ready For K Through Play:
- What Do Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, and Decoding Mean by Coffee Cups & Crayons
- Sight Word Hunt by Mess for Less
- Books Your Kindergartner Will Love from Mama Smiles